Overview

The AVChat Video Chat Product for vBulletin 3.8.x integrates AVChat with your existing vBulletin 3.8.x web site and users database:

  • Username integration: users will have the same username and gender in the web site and in the video chat.
  • Avatar integration: the avatar pictures are automatically used inside the video chat.
  • Direct access to the admin area for Administrators, Moderators and Super Moderators. They have access to the admin area of AVChat 3 from where you can do all sorts of powerful things like kick and ban.
  • Different permissions for different usergroups, You can control the video chat features independently for each usergroup. You can also control to what admin features (kick,ban,etc…) do Administrators, Moderators and Super Moderators have access to.
  • Access user profiles directly from the video chat: you can access the profiles of users directly from the video chat.
  • Simple install, it installs as any other vBulletin 3.8.x Product.
  • One click away from users, a link to the video chat is placed in the main menu in the user area.

If you cannot find the answer you’re looking for here, we encourage you to try our FAQ or forums. There’s also more documentation regarding AVChat in the documentation area for the main standalone version.

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Installation Instructions

Download & extract archives

Download these 2 archives from your private client/trial area to your computer:

  1. AVChat 3.0.zip contains AVChat
  2. avchat3_vbulletin_38x_and_4x_product.zip (contains the AVChat Product for vBulletin 3.8.x)

Extract the 2 archives somewhere on your computer.

Media Server Application

Once we’ve downloaded & unzipped everything the next thing we need to do is to setup the media server app to which AVChat will connect to.

AVChat uses a media server to send all the audio video and text data between users. AVChat supports the 3 major media servers:

  • Red5
  • Adobe Media Server
  • Wowza

Here’s how to install the avchat30 app on each one of them:

Upload the avchat30 folder from the Files to upload to your media server (Red5) folder to your Red5's webapps folder (C:\Program Files\Red5\webapps on Win, /opt/red5/webapps/ on Linux).

On Linux, chmod the new avchat30 folder to 777.

Restart the Red5 server.

Upload the avchat30 folder (you will find it in your AVChat archive in the Files to upload to your media server (FMS) folder) to the applications folder of your AMS installation.

On Linux, chmod the new avchat30 folder to 777.

Upload the applications, lib and conf folders from the Files to upload to your media server (Wowza) folder to the root folder of your Wowza Media Server installation.

Restart the Wowza server.

vBulletin 3.8.x add-on & AVChat installation

Install AVChat

  1. Unpack the avchat3_vbulletin_38x_and_4x_product.zip archive.
  2. Copy the videochat and the includes folder into the root of your vBulletin 3.8.x installation.
  3. Now go to the folder where you unzipped the latest AVChat3 archive and copy all the content from Files to upload to your website to the videochat folder that you just copied
  4. Edit videochat/avc_settings.xml in a text editor and set the <value> of the <connectionstring> tag <value>rtmp://media-server-ip-address/avchat30/_definst_</value>
  5. Chmod the uploadedFiles folder to 777 (otherwise the upload function might not work)
  6. Chmod the tokens folder to 777

Install the add-on

  1. Login into your forum Control Panel and go to Plugins & Products > Manage Products as highlighted below:
  2. On the right frame click [Add/Import Product] as highlighted below:
  3. On the right frame an Import Product form will appear. Modify the “import the XML file from your server” field to ./includes/xml/product-avchat3.xml and click on Import button as shown below:
  4. After the installation, AVChat 3 will appear in products list and it will also appear in the left menu, as shown in the image below:

Add-on Features

Open AVChat in a pop up

This guide will show you how to create a link in the vBuletin 3.8.x menu that will open up AVChat in a pop up window.

This is the recommended way to open AVChat as it’s easier for your web site users to visit the web site, user profiles, threads on the forum, without leaving the video chat.

  1. From the admin area Go to Styles & Templates > Style Manager and choose Edit Templates from the dropdown and hit Go button
  2. Scroll the list until you get to Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates and select it. Next click Expand Collapse button.
  3. Scroll the list until you get to Navigation / Breadcrumb Templates > navbar and select it. Next click Edit button
  4. Add this HTML code to main navigation (placed the link after Calendar) and hit Save:
<td class="vbmenu_control"><a href="#" onclick="window.open('videochat/index.php','FlashVideoChat','height=580','width=970');">Flash Video Chat</a></td>

In your forum you should see this link:

Embed AVChat

Altough we recommend opening AVChat in a pop-up, the following tutorial will show you how to open it embedded in a HTML page on your web site.

  1. Open the videochat_embedded_3.8.x
  2. Upload videochat.php to the root folder of your forum.
  3. Login as admin, go to Styles & Templates > Style Manager, choose Add New Template from the dropdown and hit Go button
  4. Open template.txt from the videochat_embedded_3.8.x, copy its content and paste it into the Template field. Make sure that the template’s name is FlashVideoChat. Click on the Save button.
  5. Now you need to add a link to the vBulletin menu that will take users to the new web page with the video chat embedded on it. To do this follow the Open AVChat in a pop up Step 4 use the following HTML code:
<td class="vbmenu_control"><a href="videochat.php">Flash Video Chat</a></td>

Accessing the AVChat admin interface in vBulletin

The admin interface will be automaticaly given to the designated users, based on the first lines from integration.php file from [your website root]/videochat/integration.php and also the first lines from the index.php file from the same directory.

vBulletin's usergroups and limiting features for specific usergroups

  1. Login as admin into your forum Control Panel and go to Usergroups > Usergroup manager
  2. Select from the Usergroups list the usergroup you want to edit and click Go. Here we chose Administrators
  3. Change permissions (for admins and moderators you have one more set of permissions: AVChat Admin Permissions that are not available for regular users)

Allowing visitors to join the video chat

If you want visitors to access the chat, then you need to specify so from the vBulletin admin area, like we specified on the above question.

  1. Login as admin into your forum Control Panel and go to Usergroups > Usergroup manager.
  2. Select from the Usergroups list the usergroup you want to edit and click Go. Here you must choose Unregistered / Not Logged In
  3. Change permissions accordingly.
  4. Click Update.